For anyone spending their bank holiday in Birmingham, there is plenty to see and do! Here is our pick of the best events and attractions from the city centre and beyond.
Take part in the Tudor time warp at Blakesley Hall
A weekend of historical fun for kids and adults alike. Reenactors, Sir Robert Cecil’s Men, will be visiting Blakesley Hall on Sunday 28th and Monday 29th May, delighting you with Tudor themed drama and demonstrations.
There’s loads to get involved with too – join in with Tudor dancing, or take a masterclass in quill writing. With sword fighting demos, costume tours, face painting, Tudor games and a performance of Shakespeare’s Richard III, there really is something for everyone.
Get physical at the Wacky World inflatable event
With separate sessions for kids and adults, Wacky World is the largest indoor inflatable activity event in the UK – and it’s coming to Birmingham this Saturday (27th) and Sunday (28th). There’s assault courses, rodeos, screamer slides and much more to explore.
For those with a competitive streak, you’ll have the chance to take part in some inflatable games – think Total Wipeout or Get Your Own Back. Wacky World also offers the chance to get up close and personal with some interesting creatures, including owls and snakes.
Celebrate Birmingham Pride in the city centre
Birmingham Pride’s Big Weekender is coming to Gay Village and it’s set to be bigger and better than ever before! There’s performances from Basement Jaxx, Gabrielle, Jamelia and more, and a host of gay bars and clubs supporting the event, so you won’t be short of music and entertainment.
Thousands of people are set to flock to the centre of Birmingham to celebrate love and acceptance. Birmingham Pride takes place over the Saturday and Sunday of the bank holiday weekend.
Pay a visit to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Despite being an old favourite, the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is always full of interesting new exhibitions, and hosts some wonderful events. This bank holiday weekend, you can take a Treasures of the Museum tour and visit the We Built This City exhibition before it closes in early June.
There are family arts sessions held weekly, and this weekend you have the chance to create some magnetic amulets. There’s also the I Want! I Want! exhibition, featuring art influenced by the rapid growth of technology over the last 20 years.
Walk with the butterflies (and dinosaurs) at the Botanical Gardens
This Saturday is the grand re-opening on the Tropical Butterfly House at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Walk among many a beautiful species as they enjoy the warm climate they’re accustomed to, examining their intricate patterns and vibrant colours.
The spectacular Jurassic Kingdom is also set to end soon, so catch it this bank holiday weekend while you still can! It features more than 30 life-size animatronic dinosaurs for you and the kids to enjoy!
See some classic motors at Ragley Hall
If you’re willing to go slightly further afield, Alcester’s Ragley Hall is hosting the Classic Motor Show on Sunday 28th and Monday 29th May. Set over 400 acres of land, you can stroll around the gardens, taking in around 600 classic cars and motorcycles.
There’s club and trade stands to visit, and you even have the chance to take a ride in a vintage vehicle! Open from 10am to 4pm, there’s live music to enjoy, too. The admission fee for the Motor Show also includes entry to Ragley Hall itself.
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